A baby, driver killed in a crash near Miller, Mo.

Published: Jul. 19, 2023 at 5:24 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2023 at 11:21 AM CDT
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NEAR MILLER, Mo.-(KY3) - A man from Ash Grove and a baby from Republic are dead after a head-on crash west of Miller on Missouri 96.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a pickup driven by Wyatt Cady, 32, ran off the highway Tuesday night. Troopers say Cady overcorrected, came back onto the highway, and hit a minivan head-on. Cady was killed, along with a baby, in the mini-van his truck hit. The driver of the minivan and a three-year-old boy, both from Republic, were flown to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries.

Sgt. Mike McClure with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said 77 people have been killed in crashes in Troop D so far this year.

“In Troop D, those crashes that the (Missouri) Highway Patrol has worked is a 19% increase from this time last year,” said Sgt. McClure.

The crash report says Cady wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, but Sgt. McClure said Forrest and the two children did have safety devices.

“Do you have a vested interest in your children that are required by height and weight and age to be in those child restraint systems, then yes, it’s obviously very important for them to be secured properly,” said Sgt. McClure.

Sgt. McClure said they don’t know why Cady recorrected.

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